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Understanding and Addressing Depression in Old Age By Dr SHANTHI NAMBI, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Prof & Head, Dept of Psychiatry, Saveetha Medical College, Chennai-India

                      Canva Design Modified by Blog Owner Santalakshmi What is Depression? As individuals age, it's essential to recognize that depression is not an inherent aspect of the aging process. Contrary to misconceptions, it is a biological disorder, a medical illness, and a public health concern that, like heart disease or diabetes, can be effectively treated. However, the complexities surrounding depression in old age often lead to inadequate recognition and treatment. Recognizing Depression: Not a Normal Part of Aging Depression is not a natural consequence of growing older. Acknowledging it as a treatable medical condition, similar to other illnesses, is crucial. Despite its treatability, depression is poorly understood and frequently goes unrecognized. Proper treatment can yield positive results, with up to 80% of affected individuals recovering and experiencing an improved quality of life. Handling Fears and Concerns in Life After 60 Fear is a common challenge for th